NOC ACTION ALERT - FARM BILL IS MOVING FAST! ~ MAKE SURE ORGANIC STAYS IN THE GAME




   
  
National Organic Coalition


SIGN ON TO THIS LETTER TO
TELL CONGRESS TO FUND ORGANIC PROGRAMS
IN THE FARM BILL

FARM BILL IS MOVING FAST!
MAKE SURE ORGANIC STAYS IN THE GAME

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are using a new, expedited Budget-Cutting process to
WRITE THE NEXT FARM BILL BY NOVEMBER 1ST

WE CAN'T LET ORGANIC PROGRAMS GET CUT OUT

 

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DATE

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
Chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
 The Honorable Frank Lucas
Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
 The Honorable Pat Roberts
Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
 The Honorable Collin Peterson
Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
  
Dear Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Lucas, and Ranking
Members Roberts and Peterson:

As you prepare to provide Farm Bill funding details to the Joint
Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, we are writing to urge you
to continue and expand the investments made by the 2008 Farm
Bill in organic agriculture.  

Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors of
agriculture, creating jobs in rural America and lucrative market opportunities for American family farmers.  Strong consumer
demand has fueled the growth in organic agriculture, helping
farmers stay in business even through one of the worst economic downturns in the country's history.  Nationwide, the organic
sector has become a $29 billion industry, creating jobs at four
times the national rate and served by over 14,500 organic family farmers. 

Currently, domestic demand for organic food and beverages
exceeds domestic production.  With a modest investment in
USDA research, marketing, and farmer assistance programs
to support the U.S. organic sector, we can close the gap and
expand this critical job base here at home.  In order to meet
projected market demand with domestic production by 2015,
we will need 42,000 organic farmers in the U.S.  

To foster that growth, we urge a continued and expanded
federal investment in the following USDA programs:  
  • The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension
  • Initiative (OREI) is USDA's flagship competitive
  • research and extension grants program dedicated to organic agriculture.  Unique in its scope and function, OREI funds research and extension projects to help meet the production, marketing, and policy needs of the growing organic industry. 
  • The program is very competitive and each year funds only
  • a small percentage of eligible proposals.  To meet the
  • growing sector's research and extension needs, OREI
  • should be funded at $30 million in mandatory funds annually, and retain its authorization for appropriation.
  • The National Organic Certification Cost-share
  • Program (NOCCSP) is essential in helping small and medium-size businesses become certified as organic, a
  • critical step if we are to meet growing consumer demand
  • for organic products and maintain diversity in scale of
  • organic operations.  The annual process of organic certification
  • is a necessary step for ensuring that all organic operations
  • meet stringent organic standards, in order to ensure the
  • integrity of the USDA organic seal and meet consumer expectations.  But certification costs  can be are prohibitive
  • for small, mid-sized, and beginning businesses.  This
  • cost-share program enables certified organic farmers and handlers to offset the costs of certification by providing a
  • small reimbursement of currently no more than $750 per
  • year, capped at 75% of total certification costs. NOCCSP should be funded at $30 million in total mandatory
  • funding over the 5-year life of the next Farm Bill.       
  • The National Organic Program (NOP) enforces the
  • national organic program standards, accredits certifiers,
  • develops equivalency agreements, handles complaints - in essence, NOP ensures the integrity of the organic seal.
  • These are essential functions to the survival and growth
  • of the organic sector.  Additionally, the program requires
  • a capital investment in innovative technologies that will
  • position the program to be able to grow with the organic
  • sector, providing domestic and international oversight,
  • and transparency and streamlining of systems, data, and information.  NOP should receive a one-time infusion
  • of $5 million in mandatory funds for the technology upgrade, and then should be authorized to receive appropriations increasing at rate of 20 percent
  • annually beginning with $10 million in FY 2013.                
  • The Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives
  • (ODI) is a small but significant multi-agency initiative
  • that ensures that USDA collects organic statistics,
  • conducts organic price reporting, and releases organic
  • economic reports.  The Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the Agricultural Marketing Service all collaborate on this data collection initiative.  Access to segregated organic data is critical
  • to help organic farmers and handlers make wise business decisions, and to policymakers needing to assess trends
  • in agriculture.  ODI should receive $5 million in
  • mandatory funding over the life of the next farm bill,
  • and retain its authorization for appropriations.            
  • The 2008 Farm Bill included important provisions inEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)for organic farmers in recognition of the historical lack of participation and conservation benefits of these systems. However, both programs are in need of reform to address
  • the unique needs of organic farming systems.  Issues such
  • as the unfamiliarity of NRCS staff with organic systems, overlapping planning requirements with the National Organic Program, and lack of adequate planning assistance should be addressed in the next Farm Bill.    
  • One of the basic building blocks of any successful agricultural system - conventional or organic - isfarmer access to seeds that are well adapted to local soils and climates.  Farmers nationwide have fewer choices of seeds to meet changing environmental stresses and consumer demands.  Often, the
  • seeds that are available are not bred to address local soil and climate conditions, placing entire regions at a competitive disadvantage.  The federal government has largely stopped funding classical breeding efforts at State land grant
  • institutions to develop public cultivars, and has largely shifted agricultural germplasm research toward only patented
  • varieties that prevent farmers from saving seeds.  The
  • problem is particularly acute for organic farmers whose farming systems demand seeds that are well adapted to their local conditions.  The 2008 Farm Bill addressed this growing
  • crisis by requiring USDA to make classical plant and animal breeding a priority with the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), but USDA has not complied with that Congressional mandate.   To require USDA to get the job
  • done, the next Farm Bill should require a set aside of
  • 10 percent of annual AFRI funding to be used for
  • classical breeding efforts to ensure meaningful public
  • seed variety choices for farmers.      
  • USDA currently does not provide appropriate risk management tools for organic producers.  The agency
  • charges an unjustified surcharge to organic farmers who participate in federal crop insurance program, and does
  • not pay organic farmers at the organic price after a loss
  • for most commodities.  In addition, the agency does not
  • provide appropriate tools for diversified farmers.  The
  • 2008 Farm Bill required USDA to remove the unjustified
  • organic crop insurance surcharge and to provide organic
  • price elections.  While USDA has started the process for
  • some organic crops, it has fallen far short of the 2008
  • Farm Bill mandates in that regard.  The next Farm Bill
  • must fully remove these unnecessary and unjustified disincentives to organic farmer use of USDA risk management tools.     
Thank you for your consideration of these critical concerns for our farms, businesses, and communities.  

Sincerely,

Contact Information                                                              
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Liana Hoodes                                      
National Organic Coalition        National Organic Action Plan

3540 Route 52, Pine Bush, NY  12566
Phone and Fax:  845-744-2304
www.NationalOrganicCoalition.org
Email:  Liana (a) NationalOrganicCoalition . org       

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SHEET MULCH WORKSHOP - Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011



Sheet Mulching/Sweet Potato Harvest Workshop

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Sunday, October 23rd  
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20111022 - Troostwood Market - Fridays & Saturdays - 52nd & Paseo




KC’s Beans and Greens program $Doubles$Dollars$ for folks with food stamps, and many of our featured organic markets are accepting debit cards, too, with EBT machines.

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Troostwood Youth Garden
5142 Paseo
Kansas City, Missouri 64110



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Neighborhood youth are providing fresh and healthy vegetables from A to Z. All foods grown on-site using organic methods. We are members of JJ FArms. Please call if you have questions.







LAST SCHEDULED MARKET DAY - BROOKSIDE - SAT, OCT 22, 2011





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Visit Brookside Farmers' Market
Blue Door Farm
Laura will be there Saturday with broccoli, Swiss Chard, Carmen Italian sweet peppers, broccoli raab, romaine, red sails lettuce and persimmons!

NUTRESSANT
Organic lotions and creams are unbelievably moisturizing. Come see what
we have for both body and face. Lots of organic products including a
furniture polish that
is also wonderful on leather.....no chemicals! Sandy and John

wells family farms
Hi all, this should be a great day, and we have a good selection of beef for you. Ask where you can find us this winter! Thank you for your support this season. Kim And Family

Red Ridge Farms
No frost yet! Hooray! TOMATOES, Pac choi, mizuna, tatsoi, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, broccoli raab, BROCCOLI, kale, chard, saute mix, PEA SHOOTS, baby greens, microgreens, pie pumpkins, big pumpkins, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, delicata squash, spaghetti and butternut squash, green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, ONIONS, bel lpeppers, italian roasting peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalapeno, serrano, ho chi minh, habenaro peppers, maybe GREEN BEANS, yellow eyed beans, eggplant, okra, gherkins,CILANTRO, mustard greens, radishes, beets and greens, rodent repellent, pickles, ANDrelish. And I'll bring next year's CSA contract, for those of you who have inquired about getting a DISCOUNT for early payment. And YES- that is still 40+ items...who wants market to stay open ONE MORE WEEK??? Ask us about ordering a pre-packed basket for 10/29 and 11/5.

Bear Creek Farms

Can it be? Last market! Time to stock up - fill the pantry, the freezer, the tummy.

This week at market we'll have greens - spinach, mustard, kale and chard. Turnips, winter squash, eggplant, garlic, sweet potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and more. We're having a huge pumpkin sale and best of all -
we'll have fresh SWEET CORN - wahoo!

Come on out - no marathons, no art fairs - plenty of parking. Join us in celebrating the end of market - time for a nice winter break. Let us know if there is anything you'd like to have at market next year that we didn't have this year. Yup, it's the end - come enjoy!

Lonnie and Jeanna

GREEN DIRT FARM
Hard to believe this will be the last market of the year! In years past, some season ending markets have required warm jackets and mittens. No so this year: the weather looks to be glorious! So come celebrate autumn and stock up on sheep's milk cheese and yogurt and other locally grown, good-for-you fare. For an up-to-the-minute report of what Margaret will have for you on Saturday, check us out on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/greendirtfarm. Hope to see you this weekend!

OISHII STUDIO SWEETS
Thank you to everyone who made our first season at the Farmer’s Market such an amazing success. This week at the market we are pleased to once again offer beautiful Oishii Caramel Apples. Fresh Organic apples covered in the highest quality Oishii Cinnamon Caramel. Also this week we will have Pumpkin Caramels, Apple-Cinnamon, Sea Salt, and Rosemary Caramels as well as Sea Salt Caramel lollipops. On the bakery side of things I will have our Traditional Scottish Shortbread, huge Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and perhaps a few surprises. Thanks again for all your support.

From The Gibbs Road Community Farm/Cultivate KC 

We’re coming to market like it’s mid-season and celebrating like it’s the last market! We’re so grateful for the support of all the market customers this season. We are proud to be at The Brookside Farmers’ Market and honored to be able to fill your refrigerators and your tummies all summer. If you haven’t enough yet and believe you may get hungry in November, December and into the winter, then sign-up for our Weekly Winter Veggie Bags. Get on the list, decide week to week, eat fresh, local and organic through-out the winter…
And so, back to this week we’ll be bringing lots of spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, Funky Fresh sauté mix, bok choi, microgreens, a little salad mix and lettuce, beautiful beets, turnips, carrots, radishes, scallions, sweet potatoes, FILET BEANS (yes, for real), sweet peppers, eggplant and fresh herbs.
See you at market with hats on!

Bread of Life
Our summer has been a busy one and we have enjoyed our time at Brookside.
The weather seems to be ending on a lovely note so we will see many of you on Saturday.
Chris and Josiah will be at market with our breads, burritos and Gluten Free items.
Have a good winter and we look forward to next summer.
Kathy Chris and Josiah






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